Our student trainers provide education on the use of naloxone (Narcan) as a means of rapidly reversing opioid overdoses, and distribute free NYC DOH naloxone kits in a variety of settings. These include but are not limited to:
- Training and kit distribution to the entire first year medical student class at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, either during orientation or InFocus 1
- Biweekly trainings in the REACH Clinic waiting room co-located within Mount Sinai Hospital’s Internal Medicine Associates. Direct patient contact in a 1:1 student trainer to trainee setting.
- Biweekly trainings at the inpatient Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West. One or two student trainers lead a group session and patients are distributed naloxone kits at discharge.
- Telephone trainings with eligible REACH and Emergency Department patients.
Leading naloxone trainings is a great opportunity for early, direct patient contact. We work to foster increased confidence in all of our student trainers when engaging with patients on these difficult but important subjects.
In the future, we will be working to expand naloxone access outside of the Mount Sinai Health System, including at EHHOP, the NYC Department of Homeless Services, & community health fairs.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our on-site trainings are currently suspended. We are continuing to train patients over the phone and look forward to resuming in-person trainings as soon as possible.